American Porter Coal Porter

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We have bubbles! Didn't take a grav reading though, I know my eff so should be what you gave +-2 or 3 points. I did end up using a little more then a half pound of brown sugar thogh. Had a bag that was getting kinda hard. Decided to use it all. Thanks again, bob!
Bottled this today after 3.5 weeks fermenting. Might be the best sample I've tasted out of the bucket in my year and a half of homebrewing. Can't wait to crack the first bottle of this one in a few weeks! Thanks Bob.
well i just pulled a carb'd pint (was the inaugural keezer build first pint!) and the cascade and centennial changed it just a tad, but my taste buds are preferring this verision (and belive me, the other one was not bad by anymeans!)

cheers! and thanks again, bob!
Brewing this up next, and plan to finish it with cascade, but one question Bob. Do you or would you do a steep/hop stand with the flameout addition? Or do you begin chilling immediately? Generally if I do a 30 min flameout steep I'll consider it in the brewing software as a 20 minute addition and then back off the ibu of the main bittering charge to bring the recipe inline with the original. I find that I get killer hop flavor and aroma with this method--- should I even consider doing this given that this isn't really a hop forward beer style anyway? Thanks, can't wait to brew this.
Thanks for the question! I always toss in the hops at flameout and immediately start chilling. I encourage you to pursue your flameout addition method and report your results, because it certainly sounds interesting! You're correct that this isn't a very hops-forward recipe, because it wasn't designed like that, but there's no reason you can't tweak it to your liking.


Brewed this up with cascade for finishing, and with my lhbs crush which I'm sure they don't change, I hit 1.054 with my usual batch sparge... I wondering if collecting 7 gallons of preboil on such a small beer upped the efficiency into the 80's? I'm not crying over it. Can't wait to taste it.

Reporting back ---- been in the keg for a few days so has some carbing left to do, but given my lack of experience with it, does Marris Otter give off some serious nutty notes? My LHBS carries Muntons Marris Otter, and I'm getting a serious nutty character, almost overwhelming, but then the chocolate and roast flavors come through. I think this is going to be a winner with some time in the keg. I also fermented with Nottingham at 61 wort temp.
can't say i've ever had marris otter give a nutty flavor.

i was going to brew a smash this weekend, but my brother in law gave me 2lbs of fresh coffee from the coffee factory he works at... mind immediately went back to this recipe. coffee porter here i come!

so far this is the 3rd time i've brewed it, just keeps getting better!

going to cascade with bittering and glacier for FO, should make it interesting.
Reporting back here after about a little over a month in keg (5 weeks total cold) and I must say. This beer, as most dark beers do, has mellowed out into an excellent, session roasty ale. I guess what I mean by that, is it feels/tastes like the British bitter's roasty cousin. It's super drinkable, but satisfies the want for dark beer flavor without having to break out the imperial stout.

Great beer I'll rebrew with Willamette for finishing just to see how it differs from the cascade I used. Cheers Bob
Hurrah! :D

I'm glad you like it. Do try it with Willamette. I really <3 Willamette, and use it all the time in beers like this. Gives a lovely vegetal, earthy character.


I brewed a porter 3 weeks ago that I based on this recipe. I had a bunch of leftover ingredients and wanted to put together a session porter, and I've always wanted to brew one of Bob's recipes.

Here is what I brewed:

3.15 lbs Amber LME
3.15 lbs Golden Light LME
.5 lbs English Chocolate Malt
.25 lbs Belgian Debittered Black Malt
.25 lbs Dark Brown Sugar

1 oz Centennial (9 AAU) @ 60 min
1 oz Cascade (6 AAU) @ 1 min


I just moved it to a bright tank, and took a taste of the gravity reading. Very nice! Chocolate and caramel are front and center. The cascades are noticeable in the finish. It's a smooth beer, which I am sure the debittered black malt contributed to.

I'm looking forward to trying it chilled and carbonated!

Great recipe, Bob! :mug:
count this as a 5th a few weeks ago - aged it on 2oz of med oak chips and 200ml of jameson...
Well, after PM'ing Bob with a couple questions about this recipe, I had a buddy over yesterday who is doing extract brews with a friend to check out the all grain process. The brew for the day was this beer. All I can say is that if it tastes 1/100 as good as it smelled during the boil, this one is an all star! I hit all my numbers except OG, which actually came out a bit high at 1.056....don't know what I did to get such good efficiency, I've never hit over on OG, so I gained some efficiency some where on this batch.:ban: If it finishes as it should, it will probably be a higher 5.X% beer...maybe not as sessionable, but certainly still good. Damn I hate when that happens lol!

Anyway, it's sitting in the ferment fridge at set at 67 for the temp. Beer is currently at 64 as active fermentation hasn't started yet. I'll be watching this closely over the next couple days to make sure it ferments in the mid 60's. Can't wait to drink it. What level have you folks carbed this beer to?
like with most beers (unless we're talkin sours here) usually are at 10-12PSI for a week... than i get impatient.
Kegged on Monday,just sampled and wow. I forgot how good this recipe is. This will be a big hit at the 4th of July party. I bumped the hops 1.5 galena and a 15 min 1.5 cascade with 1 oz cascade in the fermentor.
Bottled my batch on 6/30/14. Final OG made an 5.4% ABV beer. Hydro sample tasted....infrickingcredible. Waiting very impatiently for the next few weeks. I promised myself that I would NOT throw it in the fridge before the weekend of the 26th. Which sucks. I'm so glad I have a pipeline of crack that I can drink until then lol.....
Bob, just bought the ingredients for this again... makes this number 4!
Big hit! This porter was in high demand during my fireworks party. My 2 lawnmower beers and the cans of Narragansett were ignored.